Monday, April 1, 2013

Sleep with me

I recently upgraded my home computer. My first new one in 5 years.
A basic breakdown of the build is
Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard
Intel i5 3570k CPU (overclocked stably to 4.2GHz)
16GB Patriot RAM
Asus NVidia GT640
2TB SATA6 HDD (Windows)
Corsair H50 water cooler
ThermalTake Commander MS-I Snow Edition

So the parts list is pretty basic, but I did have some issues that were unexpected. Like Windows would not sleep. I thought this was an issue I had created at first, so after getting everything setup, all the drivers installed, and the choice apps setup, I discovered the issue.
So I started over with re-installing Windows 7, and only the basic network drivers.
Same issue.
Ran the powercfg -energy and discovered that USB was preventing it from sleeping. The board has USB 2 and USB 3 onboard. So I installed the drivers from Asus, and still received the same issues from the powercfg report.
After a bit of poking around I discovered a fix that works.
Go into Control Panel > Power Options

I just search for power because it does not display correctly on a desktop.
and then Change power-saving settings > Balanced - Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings
This will pop up a new window, in the new window you want to look for and expand Sleep > Allow hybrid sleep > settings: Off

Hit apply, and you can now test it by going Start > Shutdown > Sleep
To verify open a command prompt as administrator and type powercfg -lastwake

Edit - 4/2/2013 - 12:00AM - Changed screen shot of power settings to my own screen shot

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